hamburger on sourdough hamburger bun
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Hamburger Buns

These homemade Hamburger Buns are made with my leftover sourdough starter! They have a perfect texture, a nice crust and soft, but chewy in the middle!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword hamburger buns, hamburger rolls, sourdough rolls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 buns
Calories 241kcal
Author Beth Neels


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups unfed sourdough starter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 cups flour plus 1 heaping tablespoon
  • 1 egg mixed with water for egg wash just before baking


  • Measure milk. Add butter and microwave for about 30 seconds to warm milk to 110°F and melt butter.
  • Crack eggs. Add starter, eggs, milk and butter to a large mixing bowl. Combine.
  • Add salt, sugar and flour to wet ingredients. Mix with spatula until incorporated.
  • Knead by hand or with stand mixer with bread hook attachment, adding more flour, if necessary for dough to come together into a ball. Knead about 5-7 minutes. Until dough formed is smooth and elastic.
  • Place dough in oil lined bowl. Cover the dough itself with plastic wrap, all around the top. See step 9 above. Refrigerate at least 8 hours, or up to 2 days.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Weigh entire dough ball. Divide that weight by 10 or 12 and weigh out individual portions, so that your rolls are uniform in size. 
  • Form dough into balls, stretching the dough and pulling excess to the bottom of the roll. Pinch the seams together on the bottom. Place rolls on parchment lined baking tray. Let rise until the rolls are noticeably puffy. About 1 hour. (Times depend on how warm it is. I place my oven on the lowest setting and place near, but not directly under the oven vent on the stove top, turning the tray often.)
  • When dough has risen, brush with egg wash. Top with seeds or just leave plain.
  • Bake in 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes until rolls are golden brown. Allow to cool on wire rack or eat fresh and warm!



Tips for freezing. Par-bake rolls for 10-12 minutes. Then remove from oven and cool thoroughly. Package and freeze up to six months. To finish cooking, bake at 375°F for about 10 minutes, until golden. Can be frozen fully cooked for a couple months, if packaged air tight.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.9mg